(Emily Mcfarlan Miller) “It’s time,” said the Rev. A. Wendy Witt during Sunday services at First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple. Time to open the doors of the church to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, that is. First United Methodist is one of the more than 750 congregations within the United Methodist Church that form the Reconciling Ministries

Network, dedicated to including LGBT people in a denomination that bars them from ordination and does not allow its ministers to officiate same-sex weddings. On Sunday, the network celebrated “It’s Time Sunday,” part of its “It’s Time” campaign intended to push the 7 million-member denomination to address the issue during its May 10-20 General Conference, a quadrennial meeting of Methodists from around the world. READ MORE